3 Jan 2018

China backs major projects in Samoa

10:36 pm on 3 January 2018

Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says Chinese aid to the region this year will allow his country to undertake major developments.

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Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Tuilaepa quoted a figure of $US4 billion and told local media several projects would be funded from grants and loans provided by the Chinese.

He said two new bridges would be built including a replacement for the Vaisigano bridge on Beach Road, next to Sheraton Aggie Greys hotel.

The other bridge would span the Mali'oli'o river at Samalaeulu in Savai'i.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government-funded reconstruction of the Apia wharf is due to be completed in June.

A new domestic airport is also planned in the Aleipata district in the east of Upolu island, which would bring the number of domestic airports to four.